'Pirates' release ARIS 13 without ransom
Mar 17 UPDATE:
Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials.
The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers.
Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, the director general of the Puntland maritime police force, said: "There has been discussion going on after the gunfight this afternoon... We took our forces back and thus the pirates went away." A pirate confirmed the release was made without a ransom payment, according to Reuters. However, John Steed, a former British army officer who has spent years negotiating the release of piracy hostages in Somalia, told the AFP news agency they had been made an offer they could not refuse.
It was not immediately clear if the hijackers were fishermen or professional pirates.
Taking it all, it doesn’t look like a piracy, let alone carried out by “professional pirates”. It just doesn’t fit into professional piracy scheme.
March 17, 2017